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Shorter ceremonial route in Alaska sled dog race

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 00:40

Lack of snow shortens ceremonial start of Alaska's Iditarod Trail sled dog race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Alaska's famed Iditarod sled-dog race is set to begin as dozens of mushers and dog teams from around the world begin their near 1,000-mile (1,600-km) journey through the U.S. state's frigid wilderness. The ceremonial start through the streets of downtown Anchorage on Saturday sets the stage for the official timed start on Sunday of a race that commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum to Nome by sled-dog relay. A lack of snow forced race organizers to shorten the race's ceremonial start to three miles (4.8 km) from 11 miles (17.7 km), despite efforts to bring in fresh snow by train from Fairbanks. The trail cutting through Alaska's tundra to the Bering Sea coastline is marked by darkness, steep climbs, temperatures expected to dip as low as 60 F below zero (-51 C), and fierce winds powerful enough to throw teams off the trails.

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Shorter ceremonial route in Alaska sled dog race

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 00:40